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How To Prevent Jet Lag

Posted in General Health 08 Apr, 2015

Do you suffer from jet lag? You're not alone. Jet lag is an extremely common condition that can affect both adults and children when travelling, regardless of age or gender. Furthermore, preventing jet lag can often appear difficult, as there are no specific medications available that can fully cure the condition. However, there are various tips and treatments available that can help reduce the symptoms and impact of jet lag.

What causes jet lag?

Jet lag tends to occur when you travel through several time zones - usually three or more. Your natural body clock - technically known as circadian rhythm - is disrupted when travelling through all these different time zones resulting in symptoms you would expect, like fatigue, but other less common signs too.

Your body clock is what maintains and regulates your natural routine such as sleeping and waking up, and for that reason, you may feel the effects of jet lag for several days after arriving at your destination. If your body fails to adjust to the time you are in, this can plague your holiday.

What are the symptoms of jet lag?

The symptoms of jet lag are often easy to identify, with the most obvious symptoms being a disruption to your sleeping pattern. Other symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Headaches
  • Lack of concentration

How can I prevent jet lag?

Although there may be no specific cure for jetlag, there are many preventative measures available that can help to reduce the effects of jet lag such as:

  • Leaving in the evening when tired allows you to get some vital rest on your long haul flight resulting in you arriving at your destination in a better frame of mind.
  • Reducing the stress of travel by checking in online and arriving relaxed to the airport.
  • Keeping hydrated on your flight by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine drinks that can inadvertently keep you awake.
  • Avoiding alcohol as it can make the symptoms of jet lag worse.

Have you tried these options to no avail? If such measures are not working for you, then there are treatments available that can help prevent the effects of jet lag.

The body produces the melatonin hormone to naturally help regulate sleep. Based on this natural process, there have been a number of melatonin treatments that have been developed available to prevent jet lag as well as regulating your sleep pattern.

If you are concerned about jet lag and would like to purchase a jet lag treatment pack, then begin your free online consultation now with one of our doctors.

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